July 2022, Vol. 249, No. 7

Features

Economic and ESG Cost of Lost and Unaccounted for Gas Errors

Hauser By Ernie Hauser, President, C-SMART Analytics   The industry-accepted lost and unaccounted for (LAUF) natural gas storage, processing and transportation averages 0.40% of throughput. LAUF is driven by myriad factors, including pneumatic device integrity and venting, but it is dominated by persistent measurement errors. Root causes of measurement errors include obstructions, faulty or damaged equipment, and human errors introduced while performing routine maintenance. These events are common but occur randomly, with new events typically amounting to 0.1% of total throughput each month. Indeed, the routine nature of field maintenance only all

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